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Olmec And The ‘Legends Of The Hidden Temple’ Is Getting A Reboot And Fans Are Divided On If That’s A Good Thing Or Not

The ’90s television series Legends of the Hidden Temple is coming back with adult contestants. The rebooted series will be released on the mobile-first streaming app Quibi. The Nickelodeon kids’ competition will now only have grown-ups competing as the same six original teams.

Executives know only old people want to watch this. Real kids today are too busy protesting climate change and making Juice WRLD TikToks to care about this. Shout out to all the Green Monkeys out there. Shout out to all the kids in the hood who wanted to go to space camp too. 

The new Legends of the Hidden Temple will be tougher. 

Even though kids are youthful and spry, producers have decided to make millennials do more challenging exercises. In the original series, six teams of two (the Purple Parrots, Red Jaguars, Blue Barracudas, Orange Iguanas, Green Monkeys, and Silver Snakes) competed in three challenges.

The first required a moat crossing race, the second a series of trivia questions, and then a physical challenge through the obstacle course. Each week on the original the obstacles were different, and the team had three minutes to complete it. All of this was filmed in front of a studio audience. Well, the new version is quite different. 

The reboot “will preserve many of the favorite original elements of the show—the Moat Crossing, Olmec and the Temple Run—but will see them ‘grown-up’ for an audience that’s grown up along with them. The entire set will be taken out of the studio, into a jungle and scaled up with tougher challenges and bigger prizes on the line.”

Millennials basically live in the cloaked shadows of dusty office buildings, putting us in the jungle with fresh air might do something crazy like clear our pores. I’m not ready. Call it market research but these people seem to know what’s good for a nostalgia-loving generation of people who sit in front of computers all day.

“I love this beyond all words in the human language that describe affection,” one excited fan said on Twitter

The series’ episodes will run differently on Quibi.

“Bringing back Legends for Quibi is a dream come true. I have been so lucky to be part of this defining millennial show, and now there is a defining millennial platform to go with it. I couldn’t be more excited,” producer Scott Stone, and original co-creator, said in a press release. 

Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg intends for Quibi to be made for a mobile generation. Thus, the episodes of all of the platform’s shows will be 10 minutes or less. Because of all the series are made for mobile devices, two versions of the footage will be produced: one vertical, and one horizontal. 

Quibi will launch next April at $5 a month or $8 for the ad-free version. Quibi is investing quite a bit of money in its projects and has courted notable directors like Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh, and Sam Raimi to create series. 

The original Legends of the Hidden Temple only aired three seasons. 

The strange kids competition about the vaguely-Mayan stone god Olmec and the treasures in his temple aired from 1993 to 1995. However, reruns of the show aired on various Nickelodeon properties up until 2015. 

According to writer Chelsea Blackstone the show was basically unwinnable. 

“Apparently, out of the 120-episode run of Legends of the Hidden Temple, only 32 teams ever won. That’s just over a 25% chance of beating the Temple, and those are pretty low odds,” she wrote in Gemr. 

In 1995, one Entertainment Weekly writer compared the series to an American Gladiators knock off for kids.  Legends was considered an American Gladiators meets Indiana Jones pastiche rip off but after decades in syndication, its impact on a generation is clearly lasting. Even the millennials most exhausted from being pandered to with reboots wants in on this. 

“Am I the only one tired of these reboots? Can’t we just remember the shows as they were when we were kids… (With that said, I would still like to be a contestant),” reporter Morgan Parrish said on Twitter. We’re all part of the problem! 

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